wprager wrote:tim1_2 wrote:wprager wrote:I never remotely suggested Byfield at #1. Lafrenier is in a different tier. Byfield and Stutzle are closer enough that a secondary characteristic can become the difference maker. When the Senators were about to get a downtown arena they printed a Francophone GM, hired a Francophone coach and started drafting primarily out if the Q. That was not a series of coincidences.
lol. Yes it was. The GM and coach were the cheapest, most reasonable options. And they weren't going to be playing in a downtown arena until the mid 2020s at the earliest.
So what? It takes time to build a fan base or, rather, to convert a fan base to follow a different team. I still remember them a new Francophone reporter was hired to cover the Sens for the Quebec side. That was when earlier.
They also never "drafted primarily out of the Q". They drafted 3 Q guys in the Chabot year, but that was it.